New Delhi Correspondent
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is doing ‘miracle’ in her mission of building a Sonar Bangla, the dream of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali made the comment while speaking at a seminar commemorating Bangladesh Liberation War at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Thursday.
He said Bangabandhu’s bold and visionary leadership showed Bangladesh how to rise from a war-ravaged situation and his able daughter current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina “is doing miracle in the mission of completing her father’s unfinished tasks”.
The seminar was organised jointly by JNU and India Foundation, a think-tank. JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagades Kumar and India Foundation Director Maj Gen Dhruv Kotoch also spoke at the event.
Muazzem Ali said, “The contributions of these two great leaders of Bangladesh, the father and the daughter, have been best described by none other than the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi who said “Bangabandhu founded Bangladesh and his daughter Sheikh Hasina saved it”.
Ali said that under the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh is today one of the fastest growing economies in the world with 7.86 percent GDP growth.
“Bangladesh is now often mentioned as a ‘model of economic development’. Recently we have qualified for the graduation from LDC status to the status of a middle income country. Our ultimate pursuit is to emerge as a developed country by 2041,” Ali said.
Recalling with gratitude India’s whole-hearted support to Bangladesh Liberation War, the freedom fighter-diplomat paid homage to the brave Indian soldiers who had laid down their lives for the independence of Bangladesh
He also paid tributes to the valiant war veterans who had fought side by side with muktijoddhas during the war of independence.
The envoy told the seminar that the Bangladesh Premier during her last visit to India in April 2017 honoured members of families of the Indian martyrs through an unprecedented Sommanona ceremony in Delhi.
Some more families of the war martyrs will be honored at the upcoming Victory Day on December 16 in Kolkata, he said.
“The emotional bonds stemming from the invaluable contributions of the government and people of India during our liberation war remain a dominant factor in Bangladesh political, cultural and social wave,” said Muazzem Ali.
Bangladesh and India have been able to further elevate the friendly bilateral relations to a new level, which is well beyond the ‘strategic partnership’, under the leadership of our two Prime Ministers, he said.
Muazzem Ali said, “We count on India’s assistance in furthering our successes. Together, we would build cherished ‘Sonar Bangla’. That would be the best tribute we can pay to our martyrs and freedom fighters. And off-course Bangladesh’s success will be your success as you were directly involved in the birth of our nation.”